Lisa Busfield | Artistic Director
Ms. Busfield is an educator, dancer, and choreographer. She has taught at various institutions, charter schools, and studios over the last 16 years including as adjunct dance faculty for Project Ballet, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Huntington University, and the University of Saint Francis. Ms. Busfield has performed with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s Touring Company, and Six Meters, among others. Her choreography has been presented in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Busfield also served as the Education Director and Administrative Manager for Muhlenberg Community Dance Center. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in dance and received her Ed.M. in dance education from Temple University. Presently, Ms. Busfield is the Artistic Director of the Moravian College Dance Company, adjunct dance faculty for both Moravian College and Muhlenberg College, and teaches continuing adult ballet and modern technique for Muhlenberg Community Dance Center.
Karen Riehl | Assistant Director
Karen is a native of the Lehigh Valley (raised in Forks Twsp.), where she began her training at Nardi’s Dance Studio and also studied with Alexi Ramov at the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild. Miss Karen has trained at numerous summer programs, such as Eglevsky Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She was accepted into the PA Governor’s School of Performing Arts where she studied with master teachers in all forms of dance. Karen graduated with a BA in Dance from Point Park University. She performed for many years throughout the Lehigh Valley with DanceGing and various roles with Pennsylvania Youth Theater. Miss Karen was a dance instructor at Nardi’s Dance Studio for more than twelve years.
She also received her elementary teaching certification from DeSales University. Karen taught for the Wilson Area S.D. for over 10 years. She resigned from teaching in the school district to follow her dream of owning her own dance studio. Miss Karen's Dance studio began in her basement in 2012, and moved to a larger location in 2014. The dance studio is located in her home town of Forks Township.
Karen has choreographed musicals for Wilson Area HS the past three years. She also works with children in the community teaching Dance Enrichment programs at the “Y” Daycare.
This is her first year working with the Moravian Dance Company as Assistant Director and teaching ballet classes. Karen is excited to be a part of the company and their annual dance concert.
Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman | Program Advisor
Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman began her dance training in the Lehigh Valley, was a performing member of the Ballet Guild of the LV and continued her dance education at Boston Conservatory. She performed with several Dance Companies in Boston, New York State and Pennsylvania. On her return to the LV Ms. Hoffman taught for BGLV, PA Youth Theater, RDT, Northeast Ministries, Dream Kids and many local studios. Her ambition to share her love of dance led her to create outreach programs in 7 schools in the Bethlehem Area School District. She is a past recipient of the LVAIC Award for Distinguished Service in Dance. She was the Artistic Director of the Moravian College Dance Company for 12 years and after stepping down accepted the position of Program Advisor. Ms. Hoffman is currently employed as a Ballet teacher for the Dance and Figure Skating Departments at the LV Charter High School for the Arts. Also she is Adjunct Faculty at Moravian teaching a Spring 2018 semester Ballet 2 course.
Jennifer Dite Weaver |
Jennifer Dite Weaver holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University and a BA in Theater and Dance from Muhlenberg College. She has performed with Sesame Street Live, Eidolon Arts, NYC Broadway Cheerleaders, The Princeton Opera, The Pennington Players, Co-Art Dance Company and the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. Her TV/film credits include He Said, She Said with Talk TV International, Marci X with Paramount Pictures, and commercials with Adidas, Bell Atlantic, and Time Warner. She has choreographed Bye Bye Birdie and The Wizard of Oz for Ohev Shalom, Candide for The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, and Jack and The Beanstalk for Playful Productions. Her teaching experience includes adjunct dance faculty at Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, DeSales University and Mercer County Community College. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and is presently full time dance faculty at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.